This estate is in the northern part of the appellation of Sancerre; the plots surround the town of Ste Gemme en Sancerrois. The land is arid and slightly sloped, two- thirds of the soil being clay with flint and the remaining one-third limestone. The local terminology used to describe this soil is “argilo-siliceux” or siliceous clay, soil rich in flint, which provides a continual warming of the vine.

Region: Sancerre

2014 Sancerre Blanc

The clay-with-flint soil combined with a few limestone parcels of land give the Estate’s Sancerre a pale, brilliant colour, with a fine, intense smell as well as hints of minerals quite typical of the area. In the mouth, it is fresh with good body and a citrus background.



Although La Chartre might be the centre of the wine world around here, Gigou is the only grower to have vines, a total of three hectares, within the commune. The Gigou’s wines are the epitome of the old, traditional style of Jasnières, and they are justifiably proud of the fact. They are the reference point for this style of wine in the region and keep good volumes of older vintages to help illustrate their worth with maturity. Joël and Ludovic are great ambassadors for these two appellations.

Region: Jasnieries

2013 Coteaux du Loir

Light straw color. Wine spent 11 months sur lies in neutral French oak barrels. Nose shows green apple, Asian pear, hazelnut and a streak of chalky minerals—hints of California style integrated with a very complex and enticing Chablisienne structure. In the mouth there is hints of the richness that will emerge with proper cellaring, but the wine today shows a lean and clean package, built for 5-10 years in storage. Bright, elegant and compact. 100% malolactic and bone dry.



The domaine is on the famous slopes of Saint Fiacre on the river Maine, the most densely planted town of France. It is located 12 km southeast of Nantes in the Loire Valley at the confluence of two rivers, the Sevre and the Maine.

Region: Loire Valley, France

2012 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie ‘Vieilles Vignes’

Clear, yellow colour with a hint of green. Intense flowery smell (rose, acacia, honeysuckle). A typical example of a great Muscadet with a pleasant attack, length and persistency in the mouth and a mineral final taste.